The Times podcast: Kink at Pride is a mainstay — but for how long?
People expressing their sexuality in public by dressing in kink fashions — leather, rubber, furry, dom — have been mainstays of Pride parades and festivals since the earliest celebrations in the 1970s. But some say that as these events enter the mainstream, the kink factor should come down, if not disappear altogether. And the attacks aren’t coming from the right.
Today, we talk about kink: What’s its role in Pride, and how does its expression there benefit not just those who partake, but society in general? Our guests are Yale University professor Joe Fischel, who recently wrote an essay in the Boston Review advocating for kink to stay at Pride, and the president of San Francisco’s Leather and LGBTQ District. (Yeah, it’s a thing.)
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guests: Yale University women’s, gender and sexuality studies professor Joe Fischel, and San Francisco Leather and LGBTQ District president Bob Goldfarb.
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